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We hope you're enjoying the holiday break, but if that includes staying up-to-date on all things European Tech for you, here's what happened today in this part of the world:

Deals

- SimilarWeb is set to join the ever-growing list of Israeli companies targeting a Nasdaq IPO in 2021, with a source telling Calcalist under the condition of anonymity that it is aiming to go public in the second quarter of next year at a valuation of $2 billion.

- Swedish fintech startup Lendify has secured roughly €30 million after a subscribed rights issue.

- Israel-based CommonGround, a startup developing technology for what its founders describe as “4D collaboration,” has raised $19 million in funding.

- UK-based Coinrule, an automated trading platform, recently announced that its round on Seedrs has secured over 200% of its target, raising around €570K, with a valuation of around €1.6 million.

- Seares, an innovative Tuscan startup active in the nautical accessories sector, with its intelligent mooring systems has conquered investors obtaining a seed investment of €400K, which will allow it to support its industrial plan.

- We also tracked a large number of (other) European tech funding rounds and M&A transactions, all of which we are putting in a handy list for you on Friday afternoon in our weekly roundup newsletter (note: the full list is for paying customers only). Also check out our European tech news section for ongoing coverage.

Worth Knowing

- Earlier this year, France agreed to suspend collection of a tax on digital revenue from large technology companies such as Facebook, Amazon and Google. Meanwhile, the US delayed the application of tariffs it was putting on French goods in retaliation for the tax. But now France has resumed collecting what is known as its digital-services tax, a French official said.

- Understanding Europe’s big push to rewrite the digital rulebook. (TechCrunch)

- Europe’s digital banks got a ‘wake-up call’ in 2020. And consolidation could be coming. (CNBC)

- Trade Republic's valuation has soared to €600 million.

- Sber Group, the Russian state-controlled financial and digital giant, and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology are teaming up to create “an ecosystem for the development of artificial intelligence in Russian healthcare.”

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